My name is Anni Kenyon, a recently graduated alumna from Wheaton College in German Language, Literature, and Culture and Christian Education. And I am so excited to be partnering with GoCorps and ReachGlobal in Innsbruck, Austria for the next two years!
For individuals who know me, this decision to go abroad for two years was not a shocking surprise for them to hear as I believe that God has prepared me for this opportunity throughout the course of my life (however, I took longer to see it than them!).
Growing up, I have always been interested, drawn to, and inspired by accounts from other countries. This began to stir a nudging in my heart towards other cultures that has fully come to fruition. In a lot of ways I feel like Queen Esther, who was told that perhaps she was made queen for “such a time as this” (Esther 4). How might this be?
Well, as a self-declared “jack of all trades” or at the very least a woman with many varied and distinct interests and passions, I have encountered opportunities that touched on a few of my interests, but never all of them all at once. Thus when the Lord brought this opportunity to work in Austria with youth as a “Game Outreach Coordinator”, I found my interests in German, youth mentoring and discipleing, and sports and games all intersecting – how could I refuse?
So now here I am embarking on this exciting journey of God’s calling, provision, and purpose. Come and encounter the discovery of this journey with me!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)